The Eden Express: A Memoir of Insanity

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Seven Stories Press, 2002 - Psychology - 301 pages
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The Eden Express describes from the inside Mark Vonnegut’s experience in the late ’60s and early ’70s—a recent college grad; in love; living communally on a farm, with a famous and doting father, cherished dog, and prized jalopy—and then the nervous breakdowns in all their slow-motion intimacy, the taste of mortality and opportunity for humor they provided, and the grim despair they afforded as well. That he emerged to write this funny and true book and then moved on to find the meaningful life that for a while had seemed beyond reach is what ultimately happens in The Eden Express. But the real story here is that throughout his harrowing experience his sense of humor let him see the humanity of what he was going through, and his gift of language let him describe it in such a moving way that others could begin to imagine both its utter ordinariness as well as the madness we all share.
 

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User Review  - Anne - Goodreads

What a likeable guy! Such an interesting memoir. He has some important things to say. "There is nothing good about being mentally ill except it gave me a strong and us diluted desire to not be ... Read full review

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User Review  - Christine Fay - Goodreads

The book chronicles Mark's insights as he treks across the United States and into Canada (effectively acting crazily enough to avoid being drafted) to found a commune of hippies in British Columbia ... Read full review

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After writing The Eden Express, MARK VONNEGUT went to medical school. He lives with his wife and two children in Milton, Mass., where he is a full-time practicing pediatrician.

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